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Caruth joins GMS Racing for full-time ride in Trucks

CONCORD, N.C. — GMS Racing announced Tuesday that Rajah Caruth will officially join the team to drive the No. 24 Chevrolet in the 2023 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

The announcement solidifies GMS Racing‘s full-time lineup in 2023, with Caruth joining Daniel Dye and Grant Enfinger for the upcoming season. Chad Walters will be crew chief atop the box for Caruth with Jeff Hensley remaining with Enfinger and Travis Sharpe pairing with Dye.

Caruth, 20, comes off a productive 2022 in the ARCA Menards Series, where he compiled eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. Caruth not only raced for the championship but additionally finished behind GMS teammate Dye in the points standings (third).

“I am extremely honored and really excited to join GMS Racing and be in the fold of a professional race team with so much history,” Caruth said. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this throughout my whole career, and I’m going to do the best in my power to make the most of it.”

Dating back to his childhood in Washington D.C., Caruth found a passion for racing. Starting with sim racing on the iRacing platform, Caruth eventually worked his way into the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, which invited the 16-year-old to compete in their annual combine. Such an impressive showing eventually garnered Caruth a selection to drive for Rev Racing in US Legends Cars, Late Models, ARCA Menards Series East and the ARCA Menards Series national tour. Select starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Truck Series have helped round out Caruth‘s experience, especially at tracks where he will be behind the wheel this season.

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With his full-time driving role at GMS in a national series, Caruth joins an extensive list of NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni, including NASCAR Cup Series drivers Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suárez.

“We are truly excited to welcome Rajah to our team next year,” said Mike Beam, GMS Racing team president. “I’ve studied up on him ever since I saw him racing in ARCA, but I know that he’s been on the radar for many people in the industry for quite some time now. It was fun to watch him and Daniel fight for the championship last year, and I think having both of them make the jump up to the Truck Series will be a benefit because they will both be able to learn together.

“Rajah’s a sharp kid. I’ve seen his work ethic and attention to detail he brings to the race track, and I can tell that he’s hungry. He just started driving a few years ago, so to see how far he’s been able to grow in such a short amount of time has been pretty remarkable. He’s built himself a good name in the garage area and is someone that people like to be around, so he’ll be able to soak up some mentorship lessons from experienced drivers, which should go a long way. I’m excited for him.”

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The Wendell Scott Foundation — inspired by NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott Sr. — will serve as Caruth‘s primary partner in 2023. The Foundation aims to provide resources to underprivileged African-American youth communities near Scott‘s hometown of Danville, Virginia.

The Truck Series will begin its 2023 campaign on Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway.

This story will be updated.

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